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Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 27 July 2001 (USA)
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In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

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Tim Burton

Writers:

Pierre Boulle (novel), William Broyles Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 10 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Captain Leo Davidson
Tim Roth ... Thade
Helena Bonham Carter ... Ari
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Attar
Paul Giamatti ... Limbo
Estella Warren ... Daena
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Krull
David Warner ... Senator Sandar
Kris Kristofferson ... Karubi
Erick Avari ... Tival
Lucas Elliot Eberl ... Birn (as Luke Eberl)
Evan Parke ... Gunnar (as Evan Dexter Parke)
Glenn Shadix ... Senator Nado
Freda Foh Shen ... Bon
Chris Ellis ... Commander Karl Vasich
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Storyline

It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station for a "routine" reconnaissance mission. But an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole lands him on a strange planet where talking apes rule over the human race. With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari and a small band of human rebels, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Gorilla Army led by General Thade and his most trusted warrior Attar. Now the race is on to reach a sacred temple within the planet's Forbidden Zone to discover the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the key to its future. Written by Tim1370

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Rated PG-13 for some sequences of action/violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Apes See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Powell, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,532,960, 29 July 2001

Gross USA:

$180,011,740

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$362,211,740
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Along with Mars Attacks! (1996), this is one of only two films directed by Tim Burton to be Filmed in Panavision (anamorphic), in the 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio. See more »

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(at around 45 mins) When Leo and co. come out of the lost city there's a shot from some distance, back at the ship. Look to the far right and you will see a road with clear tire tracks on it. See more »

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[first lines]
Captain Leo Davidson: [to Pericles, who is panicking during a simulated space mission] You lost.
Captain Leo Davidson: [stops the simulation] Again.
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The DVD includes 5 extended scenes. See more »

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As shallow as the water he crashlands in.
21 August 2001 | by seemore-3See all my reviews

After seeing Tim Burton's excellent Sleepy Hollow, and superlative Ed Wood, I was expecting much more of a character driven movie, with the characterization and spiritual philosopies that elevated the original movie out of the pure science fiction genre and into a cerebral adventure film with acutely observed social comments.

Unfortunately, the film suffers from poor script and direction right from the minute the astronaut crashlands.

They knew from the outset that they would never produce an ending to rival the original, and any cinema-goer in their right minds would never expect one. But they could have at least got the beginning right. Neither Mark Wahlberg's character nor the tension is ever developed, so when he is confronted by the apes: we feel nothing.

The humans, though they have the benefit of increased intelligence and speech, are poorly utilized. And Kris Kristofferson is criminally wasted.

The make-up and effects are, as you would expect, fantastic. However, despite improved flexibility in the make-up, there is little warmth in either the performances or direction that made millions of kids go ape-nuts in the seventies. Bonham-Carter's Ari, whilst convincing, is not a patch on Kim Hunter's Zira. Roth's quite brilliant performance as Thade virtually carries this film and makes it the one reason to stick with it to the end.

Did I say end? Well, the less said about that the better.


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